Review: TEN by Gretchen McNeil

TEN by Gretchen McNeil
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062118781
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ♥♥♥

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

My Thoughts:

I always enjoy a book that is slightly on edge, dark and mysterious and my wish was granted with TEN by Gretchen McNeil. Once I cracked open the spine I was totally sucked in and would not resurface until I was finished.

TEN is a story that is Reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Where None.  Showcasing a group of teens that have gone away for a weekend of fun and good times. Everything starts off well enough with everyone getting to know each other and have fun, but once an unmarked video tape is played that heeds an ominous warning. Then everything begins to change and one by one bodies begin to appear, all gruesomely murdered. Yikes!!!

This novel was a quick and fast paced read that despite it's lack of originality created some well placed chills. The cast of characters played out like any teen horror flick with it's myriad of standard characters, none really standing out, but I was still engrossed within it's storyline and eager to witness whom would meet their unfortunate demise next.

TEN by Gretchen McNeil is the perfect read for those seeking a good scare.  A well paced and deftly plotted tale of murder and mayhem that you will want to read with the lights on.


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